GREENVILLE (AP) – Four people were hurt Sunday when a ski lift chair at Big Squaw Mountain Resort slid backward on a cable into another chair and fell 15 feet to the ground.

Two men were riding in the chair up the mountain when it slipped backward at about 11:35 a.m., crashing into the chair behind it that also held two men, said Rich Donaher, spokesman for the ski area.

Donaher said one man who fell to the ground was taken to C.A. Dean Hospital in Greenville and then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He said the man was conscious when he was taken down the mountain, and his injuries were not life-threatening.

The other man in the fallen chair, along with the men in the chair that did not fall, were treated for minor injuries and released.

Donaher said chair lift was built in 1967 or 1968 and had never malfunctioned. The lift will stay closed until an investigation is completed and the problem is fixed, he said.

A triple chairlift continued operating.

AP-ES-03-07-04 1924EST



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